North Brittany

“Al Fresco Tour de France” Bike Ride #1 – Château des Ormes

With all of our jobs completed it was late afternoon and some of the Al Fresco reps at the Château des Ormes decided to take advantage of the bike hire at Chateau des Ormes and head out on a bike ride to explore the surrounding villages. The sun was shining down as we headed off to St Leonards in [...]

Brittany’s Best BBQ Tips 2

Following on from our first blog from Andrew and Sharron Witcomb here are some further tips for BBQs including fish and meat dishes. Ideas have come from having regular BBQs at Château Des Ormes. Fish Dishes Salmon and pepper kebabs – as simple as it reads. Buy salmon fillets to cube and thread onto a skewer between pepper or [...]

market at chateau des ormes

Chateau des Ormes Market

 Locally grown produce at the market at chateau des ormes campsite A taste from the market at chateau des ormes… It’s Tuesday afternoon on Château des Ormes campsite in Brittany and I find myself down at the bar using the Wi-fi. Suddenly, out the corner of my eye, I notice crowds forming outside. I take a closer look to see  [...]

Brittany’s Best BBQ Tips 1

Image of family cooking a bbq

When the suns shining here at the Château Des Ormes we love to BBQ so we wanted to share some of our BBQ tips. Where to stock up you may ask? Reps and campers alike agree that the supermarket to go to is the HyperU in Combourg. With a range of products from home wear, clothing and [...]

Cancale’s foody flavours

Oysters in a market in Cancale

If a local coastal town full of boutique shops, crêperies and fish restaurants is just what you after then Cancale in Northern France is the place to go! There are a couple of pay and display car parks and other parking options making travelling the short journey by car from Château des Ormes campsite more appealing. The coastal stretch around [...]

Al Fresco’s Got Talent contest – Round 1

On a Friday evening, with the sun shining down on Château Des Ormes campsite, the crowds start forming for the first round of Al Fresco’s Got Talent contest. With dance groups appearing in matching outfits, a break-dancer with his props and another act wheeling his bike over, you could feel the excitement growing. The smell of BBQs was lingering [...]

An Al Fresco Summer Games “Sports Day”


With the sun shining and families eating lunch on their mobile home decking the Activity Team Leader and Kids Reps at  Chateau des Ormes campsite began setting out sacks, eggs and spoons, wellies and much more ready for an exciting Sports Day as part of the Al Fresco Summer Games activity programme. The site was fairly quiet although three [...]

A Stone’s Throw Away from Château de Combourg


A short drive from the Château Des Ormes campsite can take you to the beautiful French village of Combourg home to Château de Combourg. With its cobbled high street surrounded by stone buildings the town is steeped in medieval history.   It is hard to resist sitting at one of the cafes with a cool drink and relaxing whilst taking in [...]

St Malo In The Sun


Late June and the sun is shining over Chateau des Ormes in Northern Brittany. With a couple of reps sharing a day off a road trip to St Malo is agreed. A Shopper’s delight The old city of St Malo is encapsulated within tall stone walls. As soon as you pass through the designated archway entrances [...]

Love food and a snip of history in Brittany?

Dol-de-bretagne town buildings

If you like french food but don’t want to travel too far for the real deal, then the round table at in Brittany could be for you! Just a few minutes in the car from Chateau des Ormes campsite, we arrived at a quirky little ville called Dol-de-Bretagne.  The groups first impression of Dol’s quaint town was that [...]